Standing Rock Youth Put Pressure on Presidential Candidates to Oppose Dakota Access Pipeline

*President Barack Obama had a private meeting with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier on Tuesday. Reports are that the meeting went as “expected.” VL


colorlines_logoBy Yessenia Funes, Colorlines (2 minute read)

Ten Standing Rock Sioux Tribe youth have left the frontlines of the Dakota Access Pipeline battle to visit New York City today (October 27). They have one mission: To break the silence on #NoDAPL from the two presidential candidates.

The election is less than two weeks away, yet Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton nor Republican candidate Donald Trump has expressed any support or opposition to the 1,172-mile-long pipeline or the movement against it.

The youth began the day with a water ceremony at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade at noon EST. From there, headed to Clinton’s headquarters near the Promenade and will then go to Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan.

An investigation this week by the Guardian revealed that Trump has between $500,000 to $1 million invested in Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial pipeline. Energy Transfer’s CEO Kelcy Warren has also given his campaign $103,000, according to the report. It’s not clear whether Clinton has any financial ties to the company.

 

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